Damariscotta Oyster Celebration, Maine
Maine, The Way Life Should Be
This year my husband and I had the pleasure of visiting Maine multiple times this year! Every trip to Maine has been memorable and unique from the last. The most unique by far was our trip up to attend the first annual Damariscotta Oyster Celebration. Yes, they are doing this again and you can already get tickets. The long weekend was such a blast, we experienced and learned so many new things. If you love good beer, wine, food and oysters then keep on reading and then grab your tickets here. The DOC was an incredible experience that truly felt once in a lifetime. Luckily this new celebration is annual, so you can go again and again. My advise, go at least once.
Damariscotta Oyster Celebration
DOC Day 1
Day one was mostly filled with travel, then grabbing lunch in Portland with some family and devouring lobster rolls at Eventide. And, when in Maine, we of course had to visit the Allagash brewery (I’ll share more about that at the end of this post, after I give you DOC details.)
Once we check into our room we headed to the first event for the Damariscotta Oyster Celebration.
The International Oyster Chef Of The Year Competition
There was unlimited wine and beer, appetizers and we all got to taste and judge the Oysters prepared by the chefs. They also had official judges so there were two ways for the chefs to win. The Judges Choice AND People’s Choice winner this year was Chef Nathaniel Adam of BHCC.
The Winning Oyster
These are the oysters in the order of the menu.
DOC Day 2
Tour De Source
Tour itinerary attached with schedule, each stop’s description, our river guides’ bios, map, etc. Click the image below to click through the multiple pages.
We saw multiple oyster farms and stopped to hear them talk about what they do. They explained the workday, what they were currently doing and answered any questions we had. It was amazing to be up close like this, seeing first hand where these delicious animals come from and processes they go through before they make it to our plate.
Some Oysters never made it to a plate. This oyster was shucked fresh for me. Have you ever had an oyster freshly shucked straight from the cold ocean water? Everyone was so amazed and excited to eat the most freshly shucked oysters. It was the most incredible experience. This is what I mean about the DOC being an event everyone should experience at least once in their life.
Taste Maine’s Future Showcase Dinner
This dinner was another stunning part of the DOC. In an old barn we had immaculate appetizers, oysters, main dishes, wine and beer. I can tell you, no one left this evening hungry. Wine and dish pairing were announced by Chemin des Vins’ rep Jim Elston as we were being served.
DOC Day 3
Can-Am Shuck Star Competition and Oyster Party
Day 3 was in downtown Damariscotta under tents, to keep us out of the sun and keep us dry if there was potential rain. It didn’t rain, was a beautiful day and killer event.
Where We Stayed
Most of the people stayed at the Boothbay Harbor Oceanside Golf Resort which is also where the first event that rocked off this Oyster Celebration was held. It’s a stunning resort, with multiple views of the water.
We stayed at Linekin Bay Resort.
There are tons of options for your stay at the Linkekin Resort, however we stayed in the Linwood Lodge. This building has a stunning waterfront view for each room.
If you have been wanting to visit Maine, the DOC was a magical and mind blowing experience. Definitely snag your tickets now for the Damariscotta Oyster Celebration.
Oh and ya, I definitely brought some Allagash in a cooler to our resort so we could sip on cold Maine craft beer while looking at this gorgeous scenery. If you fly into Portland, ME than you should consider stopping by at the Allagash brewery and bringing some beer along during your stay.
Here is that peek into Allagash I talked about at the beginning.
If you love Oysters & Maine this is an experience you don’t want to miss. If you haven’t been to Maine, but have had it on your list, this is an amazing opportunity to really understand what our state has to offer and how beautiful and simple life can be.